The fiancé of former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Vicki Gunvalson is running for Governor of California.
Steve Chavez Lodge announced his intention to join the recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom in an Instagram posting Tuesday evening.
“I was born and raised in California and spent my adult life here, it was a time when people still called California the Golden State. I raised my children in California, and now I am watching my grandchildren grow up here,” he said on the social media site.
“However, I can no longer stand by and watch my beautiful state being destroyed by bad decisions made by Sacramento career politicians,” he continued.
“It’s time for the people of California to regain control of their government, not only at the state level, but in the counties, cities, and school boards.”
“Enough is enough, California,” the 62-year-old Lodge wrote in the posting. “Help me ‘Make California, California Again.’ I will lead this movement with your help to see California once again as the Golden State she once was.”
Moments after Lodge released his announcement on Instagram, Gunvalson reposted his video on her account.
“I’m so proud of Steve!” she wrote. “Go get ’em!”
California voters approved a recall election against Newsom, who has been criticized for his heavy-handed response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as his handling of the ongoing homeless crisis in the state.
Among the other declared candidates in the race are Olympian Caitlyn Jenner and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
The recall election could be held as soon as August.